Last night, everyone worked late. Not just a late shift, but later than the normal end of the shift. And by everyone, I'm including William, who is now working as a dishwasher and prep cook at one of the local golf club restaurants. Fortunately, William's job is close to home, and he can ride his bike or even walk to work. Karen and I are not that lucky.
William's schedule will likely be somewhat more predictable than ours, but summer is still going to be an interesting exercise in logistics, with me working in hospitality, Karen working in retail, and William working in food service. No nine-to-five, Monday-through-Friday office jobs in this household. That would be far too easy.
William is taking to his job very well. It's very much what his school year has been preparing him for, and rather than being nothing more than a way to earn money, it's something he really cares about. He'll enjoy the money, of course, but he's also very excited about the experience he's going to get.
Summer vacation is nearly upon us, which will likely bring more hours (and far less boredom) for me, and hopefully a little travel and camping. Karen has already started buying materials for the new, bigger camper (just as we're already making plans for a new, smaller house; interesting), and we'll start construction as soon as schedules and weather cooperate.
The biggest challenge for all of us, I think, is getting enough sleep and having enough energy left over at the end of the day to work on the things that matter to us, and not just our jobs. William is, I think, in the best position for that, because between his youth and his passion for the work, his job actually seems to energize him.
Can't, to be perfectly honest, say the same for Karen or for me. But as least, when the grind is done, we have other things to work toward. And that keeps us going.